Love to cook. Love to throw big parties. Married with a 17 yr. old son. 7 yrs. in the restaurant biz, 20 years in a major industrial electric corp. Now happily full-time Mom and wife.

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  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Favorite foods: Beef and pork, but also love fresh tomatoes, white corn on the cob, honeycrisp apples and peaches. Guilty pleasure: Secret addiction to black olives - not the fancy ones but the super colossal canned variety.
  • Last bite on earth: A medium-rare slab of juicy prime rib, chopped salad with extra thousand island dressing, baked potato with gobs of butter and chives, and finally a hunk of good old plain cheesecake.

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July 4th - What are Your Plans?

Hi! I've done 15, July 4th parties. I make homemade pulled pork BBQ. fried chicken, a sack of corn on the cob, and hot dogs. I make coleslaw myself. I ask, in my invitation, to bring a sidedish. that they would be happy to present, along with recipe. Beware - you may end up with Twinkies and Blow Bops for dessert. I had a back-up plan at least.

My best advice: Set up everything you can ahead of time. Enlist your friends to help. They'll be more than capable of helping you set up, greet your guests and head them toward the liquor. HeHe. ENJOY YOUR OWN PARTY! I hope it's wonderful! Just chill. Things always come out in the long run.

What is your favorite ice cream novelty?

I adore Choco-Tacos but they're hard to find. Someone told me that Taco Bell carries them, but I've never had the desire to step into the "Bell".

Aside from Primanti Brothers...What are good eats in Pittsburgh?

I'm way late posting this, but Primanti's was a gizmo that has gone south long ago. We'd go at 3 am after frat parties and would eat donkey doo and wouldn't know the difference. In the sober "and light of day", the place just lost it's ambiance. I wouldn't waste a dollar on one of their 'so-called' branch restaurants. The crazyness in the strip is half the enjoyment, and you must decidedly be drunk and arrive no earlier than 3 am.

We desperately need a GOOD German restaurant in the Burg. I don't want to sit at picnic benches to enjoy authentic German cuisine or a noisy sports bar. If anyone is out there, bring us a good German pub with all the traditionals! Thanks. Now I can sleep better :-)

Pittsburgh and Phoenix regional food?

Me again. I just realized I posted a recipe for my Super Steeler No-Bake Snack Mix and never finished the recipe. I think I fell asleep at my computer :-))

Anyway, here goes. I get rave reviews.

In a large bowl, combine the following:
17.9 oz. box of Crispix cereal
2 boxes of Cheese Ritz Bits
1 bag of thin pretzel sticks, broken to bite size pieces
7 oz. bag of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish
12 oz. box of Cheez-it crackers (spicy or regular)
(Can add nuts or whatever else sounds good.)

In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 bottle of Orville Redenbacher's Popcorn Oil with 1 envelope of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing. Once well-combined, pour over the dry ingredients and toss well with a big spoon. Let sit up to 24 hours, stirring from the bottom up every hour or so until all the crackers are coated. It's best made 1 day ahead. Store in a can or leave in bowl if using it the next day.

Extremely addicting!

Pittsburgh and Phoenix regional food?

Don't forget the haluski! Boil wide noodles and drain. Cut 1 head of cabbage into 1 inch wide pieces. Cut 2 big onions into slices of the same size, then cut in half. Melt 2 sticks of butter in a BIG pan and saute everything. The cabbage will sweat down eventually. Season well with onion salt and black pepper. I cook it until the noodles start to brown. Stir frequently. Ambrosia!

What's Your Signature Snack for the Super Bowl?

Wow! I Did the jalapeno popper dip for New Years. Got it from you guys. Awesome!

This is my own, no-bake snack mix to die for.

In large bowl, combine:
17.9oz large box of Crispix cereal
2 boxes of Cheese Nips
1 box of Ritz Bitz with the cheese filling

Add nuts or whatever

Super Bowl Food Swap Update

Hey Hungrygrl7 - Spread the word, E&P is offering free shipping in the US for Smiley cookies or gift baskets. I will be spreading the Steeler/Smiley cookie word.

@Perky - Pgh. DEFINITELY has their own vernacular basterdization of the English language (Pittsburgeeze). You guyz run a close second!

American SE Readership

I think everyone is excited for a multitude of reasons. But when it comes right down to it, the Obama's feel like they could be your next door neighbors. They have close family ties. They obviously love each other (hard to fake that) and they relate to multiple generations. Each, in their own right, are highly educated and intelligent. Their kids are adorable. In so many ways, we feel an affinity with them. God bless America. This fresh breeze was a long time coming.

Talk Categories

All I know is that when I first enter the SE web site via my shortcut, a list of definitions appear for the Talk topics.. Once I click on anything, they disappear. For what it's worth.

Chef, There's a Restaurant Critic in Our Dining Room!

To lighten things a bit, we used to have a ridiculous 'anonymous' critic who would show up at restaurants with a paper bag over his head. It was fun watching him try to eat through the whole in the bag :-)

Super Bowl Food Swap Update

@ Chilimama - Chipped ham is shaved so thin that if you could actually pull a whole slice from the deli bag, you could almost read a newspaper through it. Now THAT'S shaved ham. I have a friend here whose parents head to Florida each winter. When she visits, she is not allowed to come down without bringing 4 lbs. of chipped ham. She used to carry it on the plane. Not sure if she can anymore. My wager still stands, Cardinal fans. Mmmm... can you taste it now???

Super Bowl Food Swap Update

I heard you Perk (and Iz too). I feel your pain, but, alas, we can't all be going to the Show. I would rather play your iggles. We would have had some interesting 'conversations'. No crow eating required (as long as you root for Pgh). There are enough tasteless (but funny) bird jokes circulating already. I got an e-mail with a picture of a dead raven in the middle of the road, and in the distance, you see a Jeep speeding away with a license plate that says "Steelers", and the sign along the side of the road says "Tampa 40 Miles". I won't even go into the Cardinal roadkill pix (only because I feel bad for the poor bird in the picture).

Just to show you all how fanatical we are about our Steelers, the biggest family restaurant chain based in W. PA (over 70 units), Eat'n Park, are closing their restaurants on Superbowl Sunday at 3:00 so that all of their employees can watch the game. Pretty cool.

Now, where are all you Arizona folks hiding??? Let's hear from you too.

Serious Efforts: Brewing the Perfect Pitcher of Iced Tea

Wow! You guys have a wealth of information. I intend to conduct experiments the likes of which you see on Alton Brown or Ted Allen's show. I will invite my iced tea-drinking friends who are also brewing impaired. I will report back on our progress. With the amount of tea we will be drinking, it's likely that our post may show up in the middle of the night due to our caffeine overdose. But, aaah..feel the buzz! Thanks so very much :-))

Serious Efforts: Brewing the Perfect Pitcher of Iced Tea

Maybe my problem is that I use Sweet'n Low as a sweetener? Would that make a difference? I no longer need to watch my weight, but S&L used to be my go-to. I'm going to whip up some simple syrup as we speak.

Super Bowl Food Swap Update

@ lemons - Kurt deserves this shot. He's a good guy, but so is our Ben. The Steeler's owners have been in negotiations to keep the team in Pgh., so I know how you feel. Pork Steaks... Ummmmm!

Recipe Request: Dense Banana Cake

You could also make a torte with a dense, sour cream banana bread. Just slice the loaf in thirds and use the filling and frosting of your choice. Maybe a browned butter/black walnut filling with a cream cheese frosting? I never thought about it, but I think I might give this a whirl. Let us know what you decide and how it works.

Super Bowl Food Swap Update

I am serious. I can't match every challenger, but a good, serious foodie wager is within my budget. For those of you who have never had chipped chopped ham out west, it's the bomb! Other east vs. west individual challenges would be interesting as well!

Looks Like an East Coast Super Bowl: What Foods Shall We Wager?

No shit fires this year, at least not yet. Mostly good-natured drinking and eating 'burg foods. Hope it stays that way!

Tramontina Saute Pan

Check my Tramontina of post several months ago. I inherited these pans and didn't know their value or quality. I received lots of valuable info. For what it's worth, I noticed that once up to temp, the pans retain their heat for a LONG time. I was browning butter and ended up scorching it; however, it cleaned up nicely. I can't compare them to All Clad unfortunately. It seems there is also a difference in quality based upon where the pans were manufactured - Brazil or US. I look forward to everyone's comments.

Can I Freeze Cooked Pork?

When I have leftover pork roast (like pork shoulder), I mix it with the gravy and freeze it in a plastic container. It makes for great open face pork sandwiches with mashed potatoes.

Does Anyone Know This Vintage Cherry-Flavored, Solid-Jelly Candy?

I distinctly remember getting that very candy at Morrow's Nut House on the boardwalk in Cape May, NJ. That was 35 years ago. Nevertheless, I would check the salt water taffy and candy stores at the beach. It seems a lot of them are getting back into the vintage boardwalk candy offerings.

Rice Cooker Recommendations?

I have a small Elite. It was fairly cheap ($20) and has a tight fitting glass lid and steamer basket. It also has the cook and warm settings. My big complaint is that the rice scorches on the bottom, even when I don't use the warm setting. Other than that, the rice cooks quickly and comes out nice and fluffy.

Looks Like an East Coast Super Bowl: What Foods Shall We Wager?


TAMPA, HERE WE COME!!!!! BTW, What were Raven folks sending us Steeler folks????

Go, Alice! Go, Alice!

Thanks Chiff. My rant is that I have given homegrown veggies and herbs my best shot. I use "green" fertilizer and insect sprays. Just when I'm ready to reap my rewards, the f@*#ing deer eat everything in one night! I'm tired of feeding our local wildlife. PS: I live in a highly-populated suburban community. The deer are not afraid of us, we're afraid of the deer.

Two Whole Pork Shoulders: Now What?

My simple standard - Coat all sides with garlic salt and black pepper. Add roughly 4 tbsp. of veg. oil to roaster pan. Brown on all sides as need be. Add water to 1/3 of the level of the meat, cover and braise around 3 hrs. Check water level and add more as needed. Perfect pork roast.